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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Professional SQL Server 2000 DTS (Data Transformation Services) (Programmer to Programmer)
Publisher: Wrox
Authors: Mark Chaffin, Brian Knight, Todd Robinson
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Very detailed book.

This is a very detailed book and answered some specific questions that I had on DTS. Especially in the OLAP portion. Very good level to get you started then moves into the lower level.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Building Storage Networks
Publisher: Osborne/McGraw-Hill
Authors: Marc Farley
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Solid Performance in Every Way

Where does one get started in understanding the impact of storage area networks on conventional direct attach and network attach storage architectures? How are they similar, can they be combined, or are they different all together? As a professional in the storage industry with responsibility for answering these questions to those around me, I have found this book to be the ultimate resource. Not only does it describe in detail what today defines a storage area network, but it also fills in areas relating to network topologies, protocols, and general server I/O while giving a complete context in which decisions can begin to be formed.If you are in any way responsbile for storage infrastructure, or in planning products to enable networked storage, this is the first book you should buy. It has the breadth to provide your foundation, and suffucient depth to allow questions to be asked. You'll read other books, but like a good textbook, this is the reference you want on your shelf while you explore this complex and rewarding topic.Mike HardyVP Business DevelopmentChaparral Network Storage

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: PMP Project Management Professional Study Guide (Certification Press)
Publisher: McGraw-Hill Osborne Media
Authors: Joseph Phillips
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Look no further

I cleared my exam today and got a score of 161/200. I recommend reading the PMBOK guide and this book side by side. Mr Phillips did a fantastic job of letting you know what to expect on the examination. The questions from the CD are so much similar to what you can expect on the exam. If you are doing well on the practice exams, then you can be sure of passing the exam at first try. I have not used any other study materials other than the PMBOK guide and Mr. Phillips book.

Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: The C++ Programming Language (Special 3rd Edition)
Publisher: Addison-Wesley Professional
Authors: Bjarne Stroustrup
Rating: 1/5
Customer opinion - 1 stars out of 5
Disorganized thoughts of the writer reflected in book & lang

C++ is a disorganized language and now we know why. It's inventer is not capable of organized thought. The organization of the book reflects the design, or rather, lack of design in the language itself.
The similarities in the problems with the book and the language are often striking. Both suffer from lack of "editing". Both suffer from lack of overall design (the language features don't work well together, neither do the presentation topics in the book.)
You can barely read 3 pages without Stroustrup providing a warning on some way the language allows you to hang yourself. Is it any wonder that software is so unreliable these days when so much of it is written in a language that is like running a gauntlet?
I not only do not recommend this book, but if at all possible stay away from the language. Use Java, use C#... I don't care. You aren't likely to pick another OO language that isn't a vast improvement over C++.